Oscars The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever  

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Bad actors who have won Oscars, in any category, as determined by the votes and selections of Ranker users. This list contains actors and actresses who, despite winning the Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actress, or either of the Best Supporting categories, are still unworthy, either for the specific performance that one or just in general career terms. They are weak actors who nevertheless have been overpraised by peers, critics and the general public alike.

A number of actors have won Oscars, only to then have their careers taper off quickly. Adrien Brody won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29 in 2003 for the film "The Pianist" (becoming the youngest actor to ever win an Oscar in the category), and has - in the interim - failed to appear in a large number of popular or award-contending films (with a few notable exceptions.) F. Murray Abraham, as well, saw his roles begin to dry up after winning the Academy Award for the role of Salieri in "Amadeus."

Who are the worst actors and actresses who nevertheless have received American acting's highest honor? Who are the worst actors to win Oscars? Help decide by voting for your picks below and adding suggestions that aren't currently featured.
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1
3,318 1,656
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

2
3,174 1,807
Cher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

3
2,934 2,107
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

4
2,269 1,905
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

5
2,575 1,918
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

6
2,382 1,966
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

7
2,804 2,584
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

8
2,122 1,484
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

9
2,263 1,861
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

10
1,884 1,695
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

11
2,062 1,674
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

12
1,681 1,533
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

13
1,748 1,429
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

14
1,399 1,144
Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

15
1,688 1,911
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

16
1,793 1,880
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

17
1,763 2,112
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

18
1,192 1,358
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

19
1,737 2,079
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
kamides added Best Actress - Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

20
1,549 1,816
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Ray (2004)

21
1,118 878
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

22
1,172 1,638
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

23
1,250 1,435
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - As Good as It Gets (1997)

24
1,331 1,743
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

25
701 684
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Syriana (2005)

26
733 932
Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)

27
1,035 1,661
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Hours (2002)

28
726 953
Marlee Matlin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Children of a Lesser God (1986)

29
569 710
Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

30
1,042 1,590
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

31
828 912
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

32
837 1,017
Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

33
617 835
Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

34
1,028 1,413
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

35
736 692
Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

36
684 1,043
Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

37
707 1,221
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

38
987 1,475
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008)

39
756 1,368
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

40
413 565
Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

41
509 592
Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

42
467 488
Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
BidtorEncinas added Best Supporting Actress - Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

43
558 679
Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actor - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

44
483 663
Miyoshi Umeki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

45
316 419
Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actor - City Slickers (1991)

46
409 459
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood (2014)

47
401 521
Cliff Robertson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Charly (1968)

48
792 1,225
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004)

49
526 632
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

50
499 970
Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Country Girl (1954)